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Bear Canyon Trail #29

Intermediate

Trail

8.5 mile 13.7 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,239' 682 m
Descent: -373' -114 m
High: 4,816' 1,468 m
Low: 2,684' 818 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (22°)

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Trail shared by Justin S.

Easy, diverse trail that offers great views of the desert landscape.

Justin S.

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Discover Pass required

Runner Notes

Be careful of the rocks and overgrown brush when running the trail. Use caution when proceeding down to the river bed.

Description

The boulders, sycamore trees, and water make Bear Canyon worth the trip. The best part of the trail is Seven Falls, about two miles in from the mouth of the canyon, there is a fork in the trail. The fork that goes down to the left will take you to an area of slick rock with waterfalls both above and below.

While none of these seven waterfalls are that tall (the largest not more than about 20 feet), they are beautiful sights in the desert landscape. The water flows across the slick rock forming a number of small pools. The place is perfect for sunbathing or if you want, yo can climb up the rock cliffs to the next fall.

After checking out the falls, the trail switches back sharply, higher up the east wall of the canyon offering awesome views of the falls. Eventually the trail will cross over a side draining canyon and climb above the falls to continue further up Bear Canyon. The trails environment soon changes to a grassy, more shallow canyon. After climbing the trail you'll end up on the east side of the canyon. If there is water there will be a number of pools and falls, and the colorful trees sprawled out to take in the moisture. This section of the trail is a great change of pace and provides for unique environmental changes all the way to the end.

Flora & Fauna

Look for a few pine, fir, aspen, cottonwood, and sycamore near wet areas. Mostly desert fauna.

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Aug 31, 2018
Marizonagirl M
Turned around at 6 as I couldn’t find the trail. Beautiful climb and mostly shaded. Water in the falls ! 12mi
Aug 28, 2016
Chad Dailey

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#130

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Photos

View looking at Seven Falls!
Sep 9, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Along the ridge on the Bear Canyon Trail
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
River bed at Bear Canyon
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Just after the turn on to AZT.
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking down Bear Canyon from top
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Don't touch the cacti!  On the Bear Canyon Trail.
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ

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